Les jolies choses

Five bodies move to the rhythm of a metronome. Their mechanical gestures are endlessly reprised, the machine runs wild and demands their absolute compliance. With her ripened artistic language, choreographer Catherine Gaudet seeks a space within bodies where desires can be reborn despite the burden of constriction.

This seemingly harmless collective score, with its orderly routes, gives off a scent of cheap veneer that will soon end up cracking. Attuned to the conflicting throbbing of her era, Gaudet surrounds herself with her loyal collaborators to explore the false pretenses of the show business apparatus. After a while, repetition reveals itself to be the troublemaker among the dancers-turned-instrumentalists. It pushes open the whistling valve to release the excess vapour of salted bodies. Indeed, de-pressure is the flip side of grandiosity. Here, the risk of tastelessness is all too real, but necessary in order to maintain balance. 

«  The commentary that is needed is in a few words : a simplicity of evidence emanates from this percussive aesthetic.  »

— Guylaine Massoutre, Revue Jeu (Montréal)

A creation by Catherine Gaudet

Performers at creation Caroline Gravel, Francis Ducharme, James Phillips, Scott McCabe, Leïla Mailly

Music Antoine Berthiaume

Assistant dramaturge and rehearsal director Sophie Michaud

Lighting design Alexandre Pilon-Guay

Costume design Justine Bernier-Blanchette        

Substitute interpreter for the first broadcast Lauren Semeschuck

Production Compagnie Catherine Gaudet

Co-production Festival TransAmériques + Agora de la danse + Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen + Réseau CanDance (Toronto) + Centre national des Arts (Ottawa) + Harbourfront Center (Toronto) + DLD

Creative residencies DLD + Agora de la danse

Development DLD + Marie-Andrée Gougeon

Catherine Gaudet is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montréal)

Année de création 2022

Les jolies choses
Les jolies choses

@Julie Artacho, with Caroline Gravel

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@Julie Artacho, with James Phillips

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@Julie Artacho, with Caroline Gravel

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@Julie Artacho, with Caroline Gravel

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